Solarize Washingon helps homeowners go solar by providing technical assistance, selecting contractors and bulk purchasing solar panels to save on upfront costs. In its first two years, the program installed over 1.2 MW of solar energy, a $6 million investment in the local economy. Half of the installations were in the city of Seattle but about 30 communities around the state have expressed interest in bringing the program to their areas. Participating homeowners benefit from the federal production tax credits, state tax credits and “Buy Washington” provisions that reward purchasers of solar panels manufactured within the state by doubling the credit for each watt produced. Solarize Washington is a project of NorthWest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development), a nonprofit dedicated to “the development of clean energy with substantial community ownership and involvement.”